Interview styles, adult's recall and personality in investigative interview settings: mediation and moderation effects

Kent Madsen, Pekka Santtila

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Abstract

Previous studies have investigated the effects of a humanitarian rapport-orientated and a dominant non-rapport-orientated interview style on the memory performance of adults in two interviews separated by a 6-month interval. Also, the impact of interviewees’ personality on recall was investigated. In the present exploratory study, the data that formed the basis of previous findings were re-analysed for potential indirect effects of interview approach on interviewees’ recall, and for any potential relation between the interview approach and interviewees’ recall as moderated by their personality. Results showed three full mediation effects in the second interview: the rapport index (interviewers’ demeanour) mediated the relation between the interview approach and increased recall; the non-rapport index mediated the relations between the interview approach and decreased recall. Follow-up analyses showed a full mediation effect for the individual items friendliness and cooperation in the rapport index, and for negative attitude, nonchalance, impatience and brusqueness and obstinacy in the non-rapport index. Moreover, the results showed a significant moderation effect; the relationship between the interview approach and confabulated memories being moderated by openness to experience; and a high level of openness was associated with an increase in confabulated memories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages17
JournalCongent Psychology
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Psychology (501)

Keywords

  • Mediation
  • moderation
  • personality
  • rapport
  • recall

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